While the world rushes, you’ll slow down. While others are distracted, you’ll find focus. When everything seems dark, you’ll see light. Welcome to Oriens, a totally new kind of Advent meditation book. Other books provide you with prepared mediations; this book will teach you how to meditate for yourself. Drawing on years of experience as a priest and spiritual director, Fr. …
Advent 1 — We searched for an hour to find a dead deer in the dark woods. Eventually the blood trail led us to the deer. Not only do we live in God’s creation, but we are God’s creation! Follow the Blood of Jesus to find your true identity.
Advent often gets forgotten in the rush to Christmas. In fact, in a gathering of priests, only one thought to name it as his favorite season. I want to share with you the secret to enjoying Advent. You have to think of it like a walking pilgrimage. Instead of a big “aha” moment at the end, you learn to enjoy …
Advent 3 – Hearing Confessions makes me feel like John the Baptist: I’m not the Christ, but I work for Him. I too must forgive and be forgiven. Let Jesus be the Lord of your failures. He will bring light and life into the darkness of your heart.
Christmas is the birthday of the King of Kings. He leads us, serves us, loves us, and dies for us. His coming depended on just one Yes. Will you follow him, serve him, love him, welcome him? The whole world is waiting for your answer. [AUDIO]
There is no such thing as a perfect tree but maybe it just needs a little love. Christmas is all about God’s love. If we are humble enough to receive God’s love, then we can really start rejoicing. Joy to the World! [AUDIO]
We want to be prepared for Christmas so we run into a store and a little bell calls to us: Prepare Your Heart! Our heart is prepared when we focus on the things that really matter, and let go of the things that don’t matter. [AUDIO]
Before you were conceived in your mother’s womb, God had a concept of you with him in Heaven for all eternity. Mary teaches us two things: 1) God’s plans are worth waiting for 2) All we have to do is say “Yes” to God and God will do the rest. [AUDIO]
What are we watching for? Christians should be ready for the coming of Christ, not only at the end of the world but every day of our daily. Making time to pray every day will help you be more watchful. This Advent pray for a watchful heart. [AUDIO]
Mary was humble enough to receive Jesus, obedient, and generous. When you go to a party, do you welcome guests like Elizabeth does? Do you bring Jesus along with you like Mary does? It’s time for Christmas parties: Eat, Drink, and be Mary. [AUDIO]